Really love the story. The writing is a little wordy. Actually a lot wordy. I found myself skipping big sections of description. But no matter what this is a must read story. So glad to find out there are two sequels already! Elite and Apex. If you're a YA fantasy person who likes mystical, demons, faeries, that sort of thing, you'll love this. Very strong female lead. Very strong secondary characters. All around well thought, which isn't surprising considering the author.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!! It's action packed, methodically written, and sure to quench your action/fantasy wants. It's not like most books where immediately things start to fall apart and turn nasty, instead it takes it's time developing. But don't confuse that with boring as it's far from that, every chapter contains either action or revelations I swear. I especially love how the story doesn't revolve around a boy she likes or crap like that. Of course there is some romance but that's not the focus. Also the main character isn't annoying, she's smart, brave, and knows right from wrong.
Honestly I am not THAT disappointed.It feels very much like the Divergent Series. It is a Dystopian (the only other one that I’ve read)
It is a Dystopian which is cool but probably a quarter of the book is Joy talking about regular things but like she is from Mars and has never heard of them nor can she pronounce them.
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I think my brother sums this up best: This book is 300 pages of exposition and 70 pages of plot. Also, the main character is a Mary Sue.
I do like the world that was created though, mostly because it's like something I would create, but also because of the mix of fantasy and dystopia, which are two of the genres I enjoy.
This is one book my brother and I agree about because we both loved it. I've read other books by Mercedes Lackey and enjoyed them which is why I checked this one out. The hounds are my favorite part. It is somewhat predictable and most things seems to come easy to this girl, but it was a fun read and such a cool story. My brother and I both wanted to read the next book in the series but we have to wait till next year (my brother was not happy about that lol).
A wonderful read, I loved the mix of fantasy and futuristic dystopia which blended together seamlessly. My one big issue with the book was the very repetitive Christian bashing. Other than that it was great.
Imagine that Fairy folk are not the pretty little pixies and gnomes that we see frolic among the meadows, all smiles bringing about peace and niceness. Imagine they, along with all their big bad friends want to eat you for the magic you produce. Imagine now that the only thing standing between you and them is a Hunter with large black hounds, much like what you would think of when you hear the term hell hound. This hunter is young, about fifteen and the seven hounds she commands look like rainbow dogs that breathe fire and kick... well you get it. That is the story that comes to life in Hunter by Mercedes Lackey.
Being a veteran to Lackey's stories, I was well pleased that she had not lost her tough. Joy, the Hunter who I was describing in the first paragraph is strong, generous, and full of confidence... at least as far as hunting concerned. She is not however ready for onslaught of media she receives when her and her hounds become this week's news. Her friends also play a wonderful role to support as well as expand the way you see Joy and other around her.
Many have complained about her wordiness, and to them, I have to say... You haven't read much of Mercedes' books. Her worlds deem a good beginning and in this world, it needed a thorough description. I actually liked the bit of teenager drama, much like most teens trying to make it through a world they are not quite sure of. I felt Lackey gave us a real girl in Joy, not one that is larger than life.
To my favorite part now... the hounds. Oh my... I loved the diversity of the guardian type creatures... from ones that fly to ones that teleport. They were so well described that I had no trouble picturing them in my head and I enjoyed the differences that each Hunter brought to their own hounds.
Overall, Hunter hit its mark for me. I cannot wait for her to write the second and am honored to have had a chance to review this book for Disney Hyperion. If you are a Lackey fan or new to her stuff, you should really pick it up. Fans of great fantasy and superb action will find this book quite satisfying.
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